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The Longest Day [Blu-ray] [1962] [US Import]

John Wayne , Robert Ryan , Andrew Marton , Bernhard Wicki    Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Richard Burton, Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchum
  • Directors: Andrew Marton, Bernhard Wicki, Darryl F. Zanuck, Gerd Oswald, Ken Annakin
  • Writers: Cornelius Ryan, David Pursall, Jack Seddon
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: G (General Audience) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Jun 2008
  • Run Time: 178 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00158K0RY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 166,990 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The Longest Day is Hollywood's definitive D-day movie. More modern accounts such as Saving Private Ryan are more vividly realistic, but producer Darryl F Zanuck's epic 1962 account is the only one to attempt the daunting task of covering that fateful day from all perspectives. From the German high command and front-line officers to the French Resistance and all the key Allied participants, the screenplay by Cornelius Ryan, based on his own authoritative book, is as factually accurate as possible. The endless parade of stars (John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchum, Sean Connery, and Richard Burton, to name a few) makes for an uneasy mix of verisimilitude and Hollywood star-power, however, and the film falls a little flat for too much of its three-hour running time. But the set-piece battles are still spectacular, and if the landings on Omaha Beach lack the graphic gore of Private Ryan they nonetheless show the sheer scale and audacity of the invasion. --Mark Walker

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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest WW2 Movie ever made 12 Mar 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This is without doubt, one of the most accurate and exciting depictions of the Normandy landings ever made. For once it's nice to see that it wasn't just the Americans that won the war !! This film follows the fortunes of several different units landing at Normandy, and then heading in-land in order to overrun enemy positions. It shows the carnage on the beaches, the mass parachute landings, and even shows other important units progress too, such as the French Resistance and the Germans responses to it all. A brilliant film with more famous faces than you'd even see at the Oscars !! The biggest names being John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, and Henry Fonda.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Blu-Ray 12 Jan 2013
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This is a great film on any format, but this new Blu-Ray is stunning. The picture is so good that it appears hyper-real even in black and white, the image so precise and defined it looks almost 3D. The sound has been cleaned up and given the DTS treatment too. This is a great success and fully justifies the cost of purchase even if you already have this movie on DVD.
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By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
The first time I saw "The Longest Day" in a movie theater they got a couple of the reels mixed up. The only way I knew this was that every time a major figure shows up in the film we are told their name, rank and unit. This mistake did not hurt the film all that much because this sprawling story of the D-Day invasion sixty years ago today was so huge and complex that it had four directors: Ken Annakin (British scenes), Andrew Marton (American scenes) Bernhard Wicki (German scenes), and the uncredited Darryl F. Zanuck. Granted, the realism of the opening scenes of "Saving Private Ryan" make the storming of Omaha Beach in this 1962 film look like a walk on the beach in comparison, but "The Longest Day" remains along with "Battleground" one of the most realistic portrayals of what it was like for the infantry in World War II from what we will know have to call the old school Hollywood and which ended with "A Bridge Too Far" in 1977.
Based on Cornelius Ryan's celebrated book of the same title, "The Longest Day" is almost three hours long and has one of the largest all star casts every assembled (42 international stars according to the poster), albeit with big names like John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchem, Richard Burton, and Rod Steiger playing supporting roles because, to tell the truth, there is nothing else to play in this film. If you are telling the story of D-Day, no single figure is going to emerge as the star, which is the point (Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, played by an uncredited Henry Grace, has one scene). Sean Connery was about to become famous as James Bond in "Dr.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB ACCOUNT OF D-DAY. 12 Feb 2009
i bought this film yesterday and had not seen it before ,but i was really suprised how much i enjoyed it.its easy to see where saving private ryan came from so many scenes are similar ,the action sequences are great in this film but obviously not gory like in saving private ryan .
it takes about an hour showing the build up to the conflict from both sides then its all action ,a brilliant addition to any film collection.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Black and White War Film 1 Jun 2001
By A Customer
This movie is a masterpiece of film making with so many cameo roles you won't have time to count them all, it might not show graphic scenes of violence such as saving private ryan but it still manages to get across the horrors of the d day landings, Also a a real plus point it does so without concentrating on one nation, ie the yanks, believe it or not the brits where involved too, so buy this movie and you will have not only a fantastic piece of cinematic history but a great if a little long movie that demands a place in your collection
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly classic war film 5 Jun 2001
By Dr Mo
The Longest Day retells the action that erupted on the beaches of Normandy during the D-Day landing. Based on the novel by Cornelius Ryan, this is a veritable who's who of Hollywood, with producer Darryl F Zanuck taking every 'man's man' actor of the time and placing them in all the right heroic roles.
Considering it's almost 40 years old, this is just about the perfect war movie. Strenuously faithful to the actual events of the landing, the movie places no simplistic tags of good and evil on either the Allied or the enemy forces (and thankfully it's a movie in which Germans actually speak in German, and are played by German actors); instead, it merely chronicles two sides struggling for their own ultimate goals, and does so superbly. Just as there is no side to root for, there's no one central character, but a cast of dozens, each with their own story to tell, and told in breathtaking, captivating style.
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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
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How can you possibly tell the story of D-Day in a single film? I don't mean just showing a squad of American soldiers looking for a lost buddy. You have to show the build up(which lasts an hour). Then you have to show all the major battles or as many as you can. The five main beaches and any subsidiary battles:- Pegasus Bridge, Point Du Hoc, Oiustreham, etc. Shame about the British paratrooper attack on the Merville Battery but practically everything else is here.
The action scenes are quite stunning - with thousands of extras, but Ryan is the benchmark now. Ouistreham and the luftwaffe attack still look spectacular but some of the "theatrical deaths" are laughable. Colonel Thompson (Mitchem's mate) looks like he is attempting a back flip when given the chop. No exploding heads or blown off limbs here.
Lest we be overly worried about the violence we have various cringe-making scenes such as padre looking for his case, lost doctor and the unfortunate Sean Connery who I don't think annoys as much as he does in this film. Not his fault poor chap and a terrible waste of talent.
Time constraints mean that characterisation is virtually impossible although the actor playing Group Captain Stagg superbly portrays the amount of pressure he must have been under in limited screen time,given it was hisdecision which ultimately influences Eisenhower. Also watch out for a cameo from Gert Frobe(Goldfinger)taking rations to the beach gunners. Other stars come and go on a conveyor belt, although Robert Mitchum gets the lion's share.
Despite showing some of its forty years it still remains a great document on D-Day. The D.V.D. is the original black and white although there is now a stunning colourised version as well. Picture is 2.
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